Teen allowed to play for Whitecaps

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Texas teen sensation Omar Salgado has been cleared to play in Major League Soccer.

The six-foot-four, 17-year-old striker was picked first overall by the Vancouver Whitecaps in January's SuperDraft, but was disqualified from making his professional debut until his 18th birthday on Sept. 10.

The Whitecaps and MLS convinced FIFA to waive an international transfer ban on underage players outside Europe.

Salgado is likely to debut with the Whitecaps in mid-to-late April. Salgado is with the United States under-20 national team competing in the CONCACAF championship through April 10. The top four countries qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia this summer.


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